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36-46, 4th in Southeast
Hornets GM has Wade on the mind, not Bacon (0:19)
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2dKevin Pelton

Statistical NBA draft rankings: Hornets No. 24

Most mock drafts had Malik Monk going earlier than No. 11, but he ranked just 19th in consensus projections. Dwayne Bacon also doesn't project well statistically.

Top NBA draftees show off signature moves (2:28)
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NBA draft grades: Hornets earn solid marks

The Hornets wanted a shooter, and Malik Monk should be fantastic in that role. Meanwhile, Dwayne Bacon gives Charlotte another weapon who should be able to carve out a spot on the team.

Behind the scenes of Malik Monk's draft day (2:28)
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Hornets rookie Monk jokes he'll beat MJ 1-on-1

Hornets draft pick Malik Monk jokes he'll beat part owner Michael Jordan 1-on-1 if given a chance to play and looks forward to learning from the NBA legend.

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The 31st pick belongs to the Hornets now, after they acquired it from the Hawks in the Dwight Howard trade. It was originally traded from Brooklyn to Atlanta way back in 2012, as part of the Joe Johnson sign-and-trade deal.

Calipari wanted Monk on the Knicks (1:58)
Monk slides to the Hornets with the 11th pick (1:08)

ESPN Stats and Information  

Malik Monk goes to the Hornets. Hornets shooting guards shot 33.3% from 3-point range last season, 3rd-worst in the NBA.

Ben Alamar ESPN Analytics 

Malik Monk is third overall in ESPN's analytic draft model with 7% chance to play like an all star and 36% chance to play like a starter. Drags on his projection are his steal rate and rebounding.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

With the No. 11 overall pick, the Hornets selected Malik Monk (G, Kentucky). Every first-round pick Charlotte has made since Michael Jordan became majority owner in 2010 has been a player from a major conference.

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3dKevin Pelton

Brilliant draft picks for every NBA team

The Hornets could use a backup point guard, and one of the draft's best projected options (stats-only) could still be on the board at No. 31.

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Will Clifford be Howard's saving grace?

Dwight Howard's best years were with Steve Clifford as his assistant coach with the Magic. After trading for the 31-year-old center on Tuesday, Clifford and the Hornets are hoping Howard can return to All-Star form next season.

Clifford believes Howard can return to All-Star level (1:04)
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Hornets' Clifford: Howard can be All-Star again

Charlotte coach Steve Clifford has coached Dwight Howard in the past, and he thinks the Hornets' new center still has what it takes to be a super player in the NBA.

SVP: No idea what happened to Dwight Howard (0:44)
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What happened to Dwight?

After trading for Dwight Howard on Tuesday night, the Hornets are hoping the the 31-year-old center can return to All-Star form and be a defensive stopper like he was with the Magic.

Howard gets traded ... again (0:32)

ESPN Stats and Information  

Dwight Howard has averaged 10 PPG and 10 RPG for 13 straight seasons, dating back to his rookie season. The only player in NBA history to have a longer such streak to open his career: Wilt Chamberlain, who did it for 14 straight seasons.

Team Stats

Points Per Game104.916th
Rebounds Per Game43.616th
Assists Per Game23.111th
Points Allowed104.713th

Team History